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Academic Highlights: A Roadmap to Key Pharmacologic Principles in Using Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Older Patients

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(1):131-138
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Antipsychotics are widely used to treat psychiatric disorders in older patients. While the growing number of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) has increased options for patients, it has also complicated clinical decision-making. Data from the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA’s) Practice Research Network indicated disproportionately high use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepine medications among older patients compared with those under age 65.

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